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Regular or Diet? Sip All Day - Get Decay!


Posted on 3/10/2014 by Alan Snodgrass
Regular or Diet? Sip All Day - Get Decay!It is well known that sugar can promote obesity, tooth decay, and a wealth of other health issues. but do we realize just how much sugar is in our food and snacks? Here at Thurston Oaks Dental in Vancouver, WA we understand that a healthy diet is just as important as regular visits to the dentists or hygienist. Our friends at the Minnesota Dental Association have put together a campaign to teach children and families about the harmful effects of soda drinking.

Here's how you get cavities:


•  Sugar in pop combines with bacteria in your mouth to form acid.
•  Diet or "sugar-free" pop contains its own acid.
•  Acid in soft drinks, whether they contain sugar or not, is the primary cause of weakening tooth enamel.
•  The acid attacks your teeth. Each acid attack lasts about 20 minutes.
•  The acid attack starts over again with every sip.
•  Ongoing acid attacks weaken your tooth enamel.
•  Bacteria in your mouth cause cavities when tooth enamel is damaged.

How to reduce tooth decay:


•  Drink soft drinks in moderation.
•  Don't sip for extended periods of time. Ongoing sipping prolongs sugar and acid attacks on your teeth.
•  Use a straw to keep the sugar away from your teeth.
•  After drinking, swish your mouth out with water to dilute the sugar.

To learn more about the research Minnesota Dental Association has completed, visit their website here!
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